## Syllabus

### MATH.4190 *Mathematica*

### Fall 2018

### Class Meetings

MATH.4190 Section 201 (SIS # 9052) meets MWF, 1:00-1:50, Classroom: Kitson 208.
### Instructor:

Prof. Kenneth M. Levasseur

Department of Mathematical Sciences

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Kenneth_Levasseur@uml.edu

Office Hours: https://facultyweb.uml.edu/kenneth_levasseur/courses/schedule_fall.html

### Class Materials

**Chromebooks**: I've arranged to have a set of Chromebooks delivered to most of our class meetings starting with the second one, so there will not be any need for you to bring along a laptop for this class. A flash drive would be useful for saving any files you would want to save, however.
- The only costly item you need for the course is a good computer to work on in your dorm or home. Any standard OS (Windows, Mac, Linux) will be fine. It would also be feasible to take the course owning a Raspberry Pi Computer, although the range of capabilities with it would be different and I don't recommend this unless you have quite a bit of computer expertise.
*Mathematica* - The good news is that UML has a site license, so all students get it free, even if you are not taking this course. Download information.
- That's all, but there is a free online text An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language. It's also available in print. This won't be used as a text, only a suggested resource, of which there are likely to be others.

### Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites. All that is needed is an interest learning mathematics through computing. You'll be expected to do a project that builds on some prior math course that you've taken. Note: This project would not satisfy the Senior Seminar requirement for math majors, but could be a good way to explore possible future projects.
### The Three Phases of the Course

##### Phase 1 (Weeks 1 - 5)

- Become familiar with the basic features of
*Mathematica*.
- Start to think about possible project topics.

##### Phase 2 (Weeks 6 - 8)

- Learn more
*Mathematica*
- Select a project topic and start working on the project
- Submit a project outline by November 2

##### Phase 3 (Weeks 9 - 13)

- Learn specialized topics of
*Mathematica *that apply to your topic.
- Complete a preliminary version of the final project (by December 1).
- Complete the final project based on feedback.
- Give a short presentaion of your project to the class on the date of the final exam.

#### Topics by Week

See the Blackboard site for this course.